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Arlene J. Kramer

Arlene Kramer, age 83, of West Fargo, formerly of Kensal, ND, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo.

Arlene Jane Gums was born September 3, 1933, in Medina, ND, the daughter of Christ and Elizabeth (Heiser) Gums. She was raised in Medina and graduated from Medina High School. Upon graduation, Arlene continued her education to become a Registered Nurse, attending Sisters of St. Michael's School of Nursing in Grand Forks. She received the Campbell Award for being the top student in her class.

On December 28, 1955, Arlene was united in marriage to Bernard Kramer at St. James Basilica in Jamestown, ND. Arlene and Bernard were blessed with seven wonderful children. Her children were her life. She put them first and her own needs last. Arlene was a homemaker and enjoyed many crafts including sewing, ceramics and cross stitching.

While her children were young, Arlene was at home during the day and worked night shifts at the hospital in Carrington for a few years before working at Golden Acres Nursing Home in Carrington. She was an RN for over twenty years there dedicating her care to the elderly. Arlene attempted to retire multiple times from nursing, but in her later years she would be drawn back to Golden Acres for shifts needing to be covered, even filling in as temporary Director of Nurses.

Arlene enjoyed life to the fullest, she was active in St. John’s Catholic Church serving as a member of the Altar Society, a Mass Reader and a board member of the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. She loved to travel, having visited all 50 states, including a seven week trip that she and Bernard had enjoyed in Alaska. Arlene was so proud of her last big adventure in 2016, when she and all of her children went on a cruise together.

She was very proud of her family, she loved to spend time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family was the base of her joy whether they were at home on the farm or out on an adventure. They brought all the joy in the world to her. 

She is survived by her loving son, David (Colleen) Kramer, Kensal; six daughters, Susan Kramer, Diane (Randy “Spark”) Rambousek, both of Bismarck, ND, Kathleen (Todd) Peterson, Tyler, MN, Teresa (Scott) Stromsodt, Bismarck, ND, Sandra (Darwin) Duval, Horace, ND, Patricia Kramer, Fargo, ND; six grandchildren: Lindsey (Kramer) Hunt, Jordan Kramer, Nicholas Stromsodt, Eric Stromsodt, Elise (Peterson) Bonilla and Ethan Duval; four great-grandchildren: Addison, Kierstyn, Mareli and  Brenden; one sister Leona Daede of Jamestown and Dorothy Schaffer, cherished friend.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Bernard Kramer; granddaughter Lauren; great-grandson William; four siblings, Viola Carlson, Vernon Gums, Joyce Olson and Christ Gums Jr.



Monday (March 27th) Rosary at 6:46PM, Vigil Service at 7PM, St. John's Catholic Church, Kensal


St. John's Catholic Church, Kensal, ND


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:30AM


St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal

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Name: Kristie Kuhn   (Kulla)

Date: 3/27/17

Message: So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Many happy memories were made at the Kramer home.


Name: Lisa Stevens Mouche and Family

Date: 03/27/17

Message: Our thoughts and prayers go out to this very special family. Arlene's loving kindness shows through you all. Thank you for sharing the joy, warmth, and generosity with others.


Name: Sonya Kay Wanner

Date: 3-27-2017

Message: Diane, So sorry to hear about your mom. Ardean and I are sending many thoughts and prayers to you, Spark and the rest of your family.


Name: Phillip Busch

Date: 3/27/2017

Message: I worked for Arlene and Bernard while going to high school truly a great lady.  Sorry to hear about your loss


Name: Bernard Hoggarth

Date: 27 Mar 2017

Message: I grew up a mile away from this wonderful lady and her husband. I worked lots of days for themwhile going to school. From them I learned much about the quality of life, helping neighbors and family. Many memories of the children when they were still in diapers. This precious lady was a gift from God and now he has taken her home.



Name: Jeanne Stautz (Timm)

Date: 3/26/17

Message: My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kramer family at this difficult time!    Arlene and my mom (Helen) had some good times together watching basketball, being neighbors and family friends.  Cherish the memories and may God Bless you all!  Heaven has a special angel.

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